CD Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage: 1982-2011 [Digipak] (CD 15818655),
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Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage: 1982-2011 [Digipak]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Gardening At Night
    2. Radio Free Europe
    3. Talk About the Passion
    4. Sitting Still
    5. So. Central Rain
    6. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
    7. Driver 8
    8. Life and How To Live It
    9. Begin the Begin
    10. Fall On Me
    11. Finest Worksong
    12. Its the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
    13. One I Love, The
    14. Stand
    15. Pop Song 89
    16. Get Up
    17. Orange Crush
    18. Losing My Religion
    19. Country Feedback
    20. Shiny Happy People
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, The
    2. Everybody Hurts
    3. Man On the Moon
    4. Nightswimming
    5. Whats the Frequency, Kenneth?
    6. New Test Leper
    7. Electrolite
    8. At My Most Beautiful
    9. Great Beyond, The
    10. Imitation of Life
    11. Bad Day
    12. Leaving New York
    13. Living Well is the Best Revenge
    14. Supernatural Superserious
    15. berlin
    16. Oh My Heart
    17. Alligator_aviator_autopilot_antimatter
    18. A Month of Saturdays
    19. We All Go Back To Where We Belong
    20. Hallelujah
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9362495364

  • Credits

    Liner Note Authors: Bill Berry; Michael Stipe; Mike Mills ; Peter Buck .
    Recording information: Armoury, Vancouver, BC; John Keane Studios, Athens, GA; Oceanway Studio, Hollywood, CA; Seney-Stovall Chapel, Athens, GA; Type Foundry, Portland, OR.
    R.E.M. close out their Warner contract -- not to mention their entire career -- with the double-disc Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage, their first compilation to combine early recordings from their time at IRS with their major-label hits for Warner. It's misleading to look at these as merely two separate eras, as it more accurately breaks down into a three-act structure: the IRS years when R.E.M. were the kings of college rock; the stretch between 1988-1995 when they were international superstars; and then the slow decline of 1998-2011, the years after Bill Berry, the years when Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, and Mike Mills tried to redefine the group as a trio before finally realizing they'd said all they could say. Part Lies gives equal time to each act -- there are 13 songs from IRS, 14 from the golden years at Warner, 13 from the trio years (including a revival of the mid-`80s outtake "Bad Day," which feels like a slight stretch) -- an eminently fair move that tells the story while slightly obscuring the import of the tale. Inevitably, the jangle pop and murk of the `80s are downplayed -- "Can't Get There from Here," "Pretty Persuasion," "Feeling Gravity's Pull" are missing -- in favor of a heavy dose of new millennial material, including three songs from 2011's respectable Collapse into Now and three perfectly fine new songs, which means the last ten or so cuts are songs that fairweather fans of either the `80s or `90s just won't care much about or possibly even know. Nevertheless, this last act is shown in a good light -- the benefit of a comp is that it's totally possible, even welcome, to downplay dull lapses like Around the Sun -- and, when combined with well-chosen highlights from the band's powerful first two acts, adds up to a thorough narrative of R.E.M.'s entire career. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.102) - "[T]hree new songs...and folky highlight 'We All Go Back to Where We Belong' suggests that Athens' finest had more sweet jangle left in 'em." -- Grade: B
    Magnet (p.59) - "It's a well-rounded and fitting end."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]racks from their latter days on the IRS label sparkle with eloquence and grandeur."
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